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Gulvain and its neighbour

Gulvain and its neighbour


Postby Gavin99 » Mon May 21, 2012 10:27 pm

Route description: Gulvain, near Kinlocheil

Munros included on this walk: Gulvain

Corbetts included on this walk: Braigh nan Uamhachan

Date walked: 19/05/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 22.5 km

Ascent: 1700m

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This was the first of two days I was spending exploring around Glenfinnan , the hills for today were Gulvain / Gaor Bheinn and the Corbett Braigh nan Uamhachan . The first part of the route was as described on WH , a long but pleasant approach up Gleann Fionnlighe with Gulvain seeming very distant at the head of the glen .
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Gleann Fionnlighe, Gulvain in distance
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An Socachan
Eventually I reached the ruins at An Socachan and turned north up the long ridge leading to the south top . This is a fairly steady and long pull up , the rocky knoll at 855m providing a good excuse for a break , from here the twin summits of Gulvain come into view.
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Onwards from 855m
Another 100m of ascent brought me to the trig point , thankfully the clouds were keeping well above summit level so the onward route was clear , as was the steep descent to the west I would be taking later on .
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South top
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Summit ridge and descent from col to left
The ridge linking the two summits is a lovely walk , narrowing nicely just below the Munro summit which had a covering of crisp snow , lovely views to be had from here .
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Gulvain summit , looking to Loch Shiel
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Back south towards col

Returning south along the ridge I reached its lowest point , from here I wanted to head west towards the Corbett . I had found a couple of reports which described a descent route so I headed (nervously) down a steep and unwelcoming looking gully but after maybe 30 m a very faint path cuts off to the left , traversing the slopes and keeping above a line of crags , eventually I lost the path but picked my way down a rocky gully to reach the flatter ground of Gualann nan Osna .
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Route ahead across Gualann nan Osna
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View back to descent , running from notch at the low point diagonally to the right of the picture.

After a quick lunch stop I headed onwards over the ice scoured bealach to ascend the steep nose leading up onto the summit ridge . This ridge is a nice wander on grassy ground , before long I had reached the 795m summit of the Corbett , a great wee viewpoint .
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Approaching the summit of Braigh nan Uamhachan
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View west to Streap and Sgurr Thuilm
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View north from summit , Glen Dessarry and beyond .
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Aonachs, CMD and Ben Nevis (zoomed)
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On to the south
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Sron Liath

From the summit the ridge meanders pleasantly along , a fine stone wall on its crest , eventually reaching the 691m point of Na h-Uamhachan
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View back to the Corbett (L) and Gulvain (R)
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From here I headed SE over steep grass , avoiding a few crags on the way to reach the track in the glen beside the forestry, a nice walk out beside the river brought me back to the start.
A cracking walk done in lovely weather , I headed off to Glen Nevis to meet friends for a night of fish ‘n’ chips , beer , midges and a good night's sleep :D
Last edited by Gavin99 on Tue May 22, 2012 8:04 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby pigeon » Mon May 21, 2012 10:32 pm

Midges????Aw Naw :( Great report gavin ,had Gulvain on the options list this weekend but opted for stob coire easian.Good to see you adding in the corbett ,might give that a bash soon :thumbup:
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby laconic surf » Mon May 21, 2012 10:33 pm

Looks a great walk, that ridge on Gulvain looks a wee cracker. Well done, well earned fish supper and ale :thumbup:
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon May 21, 2012 10:34 pm

Ah, the Munro/Corbett cocktail - my current favourite tipple :) . You're a man on a hillwalking mission at the moment Gavin :) . Looks a cracking route and a good day for you :D .
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby rockhopper » Mon May 21, 2012 10:38 pm

Enjoyed reading your report Gavin - the ridge looks great in your photos and a cracking view over to Ben Nevis. Cheers :D
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby Bod » Mon May 21, 2012 10:44 pm

Well reported Gavin, and good effort getting the corbett traversed too :D :D :thumbup:
An interesting route over a less spoken about Munro, not that it deserves any less attention. I suspect it's the long walk-in and the distraction of Glenfinnan that contributes to this....will need to follow your path one of these days.
The beer and chips was great fun :lol:
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby jonny616 » Mon May 21, 2012 11:13 pm

Great stuff Gavin. Ron & i have talked about this so i guess we will be following in your footsteps soon 8)
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby Gavin Canavan » Mon May 21, 2012 11:38 pm

Nice report Gavin and some excellent pictures! Thank you :thumbup:
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby Johnny Corbett » Tue May 22, 2012 12:08 pm

Nice one Gavin, been looking at doing Gulvain this year. Was planning on just doing it on it's own but will follow your route now and take in the Corbett. Cheers :thumbup:
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby kevsbald » Tue May 22, 2012 4:40 pm

As above. Well done, Gav closing in on that 100.
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby monty » Tue May 22, 2012 5:28 pm

Nice report Gavin. Need to get up and do this one soon. :D
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby ChrisW » Tue May 22, 2012 9:09 pm

Great shots of a good long wander Gavin, love the ridge photos though they do look a bit chilly :D
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby Gavin99 » Tue May 22, 2012 9:24 pm

pigeon wrote:Midges????Aw Naw :(
Yes and very hungry too , Glen Nevis was torture !

laconic surf wrote:Looks a great walk, that ridge on Gulvain looks a wee cracker. Well done, well earned fish supper and ale :thumbup:
Cheers , the beer did go down very well after that :D

LeithySuburbs wrote:Ah, the Munro/Corbett cocktail - my current favourite tipple :) .
Hi Leithy ,yes it makes a nicer round than doing Gulvain there and back .

rockhopper wrote:Enjoyed reading your report Gavin - the ridge looks great in your photos and a cracking view over to Ben Nevis. Cheers :D
Thanks RH , it was nice looking at the Ben from a different angle.

Bod wrote: The beer and chips was great fun :lol:
Oh yes 8)

jonny616 wrote:Great stuff Gavin. Ron & i have talked about this so i guess we will be following in your footsteps soon 8)
Cheers Jonny , enjoy !

Gavin Canavan wrote:Nice report Gavin and some excellent pictures! Thank you :thumbup:
Cheers Gavin,
Gavin :D

Johnny Corbett wrote:Nice one Gavin, been looking at doing Gulvain this year. Was planning on just doing it on it's own but will follow your route now and take in the Corbett. Cheers :thumbup:
Hi Johnny , a nice round this , the Corbett ridge is a lovely bit of walking :D

kevsbald wrote:As above. Well done, Gav closing in on that 100.
Cheers Kev , where to go for No100 ? More importantly what kind of cake to bring !

monty wrote:Nice report Gavin. Need to get up and do this one soon. :D
Aye Monty , I suppose you could tie it in with the Glenfinnan 2, that would be a nice wander :D

ChrisW wrote:Great shots of a good long wander Gavin, love the ridge photos though they do look a bit chilly :D
Yes a wee bit nippy , I think the snow will be disappearing fast now though , summer has arrived 8)
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby Collaciotach » Tue May 22, 2012 10:02 pm

Ach bha mi toilichte .. Good pics n report and happy to see what Gaor Bheinn actually looks like ,did this in Nov 11 Mist ,Cloud ,Snow with a good gale blowing ....did a wee bit crawling if i mind correct :lol: :lol:
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Re: Gulvain and its neighbour

Postby Gavin99 » Wed May 23, 2012 7:59 am

Collaciotach wrote:Ach bha mi toilichte .. Good pics n report and happy to see what Gaor Bheinn actually looks like ,did this in Nov 11 Mist ,Cloud ,Snow with a good gale blowing ....did a wee bit crawling if i mind correct :lol: :lol:
Aye , I saw your TR , thankfully conditions were slightly nicer for my visit !
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